“Show Me Your Papers” Becomes Law

Editor September 19, 2012 2

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On September 18th Arizona’s SB 1070 “show me your papers” law went into effect. On Tuesday U.S District court Judge Susan Bolton ordered that the injunction against Section 2B be dissolved thus allowing SB 1070 to be enforced by law enforcement agencies. Section 2B  allows local police officers to ask for immigration status after a “crime”.

Local police agencies, including Tucson, Flagstaff, and Phoenix, are prepared to start enforcing the law.

Bolton has also ordered a permanent injunction for three other sections of SB 1070. These sections would have required that immigrants must carry “papers”, required police to determine whether person had committed an offense that could lead to deportation and would have barred illegal immigrants from work.

In response to the lifting of the injunction against section 2B, the racial profiling provision of Arizona’s SB 1070, Pablo Alvarado, the director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:

“Laws requiring people to be judged by the color of their skin have no place in the US. Not today and not ever. While courts have yet to stop all of SB1070, all of us who believe in human rights and cherished constitutional values have an obligation to do everything we can to ensure that Arizona’s current lawmakers are on the losing side of history.

President Obama has the moral responsibility and legal authority to protect the people of Arizona, and we expect he will do everything within his power to prevent the discrimination, punishment, and suffering that will escalate under SB1070’s implementation. He must immediately instruct DHS and ICE to cut off Arizona’s access and to refuse to deport SB1070’s victims.

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network pledges to support civil rights leaders in Arizona as they continue to fight in defense of not just their rights, but the rights of all of us.

As Arizona continues to attempt to drag the country backwards with its hateful bills, we are grateful California stands poised to forge a different path by making the TRUST Act into law. Until courts wipe SB1070 completely from the books, lawmakers in other states will need to exercise their legal authority to protect the rights of their residents.”

This is probably not the last we will hear about SB 1070 and legal concerns. The Justice Department and the other lawsuits are still on going.  ACLU, along with a coalition of civil rights organizations, is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to again block police from enforcing SB 1070 section 2b. ACLU has said: “Discriminatory laws like SB 1070 invite racial profiling of Latinos and others who may look or sound “foreign,” including many U.S. citizens who have lived in America their entire lives. The ACLU will continue to fight—and win—against discriminatory laws that encourage racial profiling and undermine the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.”

Puente Arizona has called for a rally today (September 19th) at the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in downtown Phoenix to remind President Obama that he has the power to end the human rights crisis in Arizona by refusing to deport the victims of racial profiling. On Friday the group will rally to demand that the City of Phoenix not comply with SB 1070 by collaborating with ICE. Comites de Defensa del Barrio and Tonatierra are also planning a march at the Fourth Avenue Jail for Saturday.

Puente organizers declare, “We will remember today as not only the day that 1070 went into effect, threatening to separate our families and communities. We will also remember today as the birth of a new era of the struggle for human rights, justice, and dignity in Arizona, a struggle that will not stop until we win. We have seen that we can depend on no one but ourselves to turn the tide from hate to human rights. We know that building our community’s power is the way we will stop deportations and family separation. We know that together we are strong and that together, we can overcome Arpaio, 1070, and police-ICE collaboration. When we unite and take brave action, we are unstoppable.”